Photographing food is not as easy as it looks. Don’t tell that to the folks who posts millions of typical Instagram food images every single day. Really good food photography is an art and requires a mix of ingenuity, creativity, and a dose of simplicity. Aside from tricks like adding weird, inedible items into food to make it beautiful and photogenic, simple techniques that create movement really adds a lot into a food photograph.
Sharma dreamt about being a chef since he was a child, and in 2011, turned to photography to capture his creations. Many of the images on his blog, “A Brown Table,” include his own hands holding food items – sprinkling flour, cupping a bowl, cracking an egg. He says in the video below, that “we really never see the people behind the stoves, cooking, cutting vegetables, and putting things together for us, who come from every walk of life. I hope that my work brings them into to focus.”
I want to explore the act of food as it’s happening.
Sharma talks about wanting to “innovate” in not only in his kitchen but visually as well. This is what makes his work as a chef and as a food photographer stand out. Sharma was recognized last year as a Saveur Best Food Photography Finalist, and also by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for Best Photo-based Culinary Blog.
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